By KRIS W. KOBACH | The New York Post
New bill hobbles border states
History is threatening to re peat itself. Twenty-five years ago, Congress passed the Simpson-Mazzoli Act (better known among conservatives as the 1986 illegal-alien amnesty), which gave a path to citizenship to illegal aliens already here in exchange for prohibiting the hiring of illegal workers — a provision that has been enforced only sporadically. It was a raw deal for conservatives.
On Tuesday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) introduced a bill (HR 2164) to require nationwide use of the E-Verify system, which checks a job applicant’s citizenship and immigration status, via the Internet, to see if he or she is eligible to work.